Ada Reads is a community wide initiative to promote the power of reading and use of libraries. The poster campaign is sponsored by: Ada Public Library (opens a new tab), Ada Public Library Friends, Linscheid Library, and Linscheid Library Academic Friends.
All community members are welcome to visit the Ada Public Library and Linscheid Library.
Read about the community members featured in the Ada Reads posters below.
Alexandra and Nathaniel are faculty in ECU's Music Department. Their daughter Josephine loves reading and is teaching her brother Ambrose all about books.
Alaina is a first grade student. She loves to read funny books and paint landscapes. She is super excited when she finds her monthly Highlights magazine in the mailbox. She also stays active with Girl Scouts and Ninja Parkour at Boys & Girls Club.
Dr. Preston Draper is a faculty member in ECU's Political Science Department. His wife Carrie and children Kate, Dalon, Michael and Daphne all enjoy reading.
Joshua Grasso is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Languages at East Central University. He teaches courses in composition, British literature, poetry, Humanities, and comic books. He earned his BA and MA from the University of Tulsa, and his PhD from Miami University in Ohio. He also writes novels, short stories, and articles on literature and teaching.
Ken Hada is a poet and professor at East Central University where he directs the annual Scissortail Creative Writing Festival. Ken finds the natural order a powerful presence for writing. His work has received the 2017 SCMLA Poetry Prize, has been featured on The Writer’s Almanac, received the Western Heritage Award, named finalist for the Spur Award and three-time finalist for the Oklahoma Book Awards. In 2017 Ken graciously accepted the Glenda Carlile Distinguished Service Award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book. His published poetry collections include Bring an Extry Mule, Persimmon Sunday, Spare Parts, Margaritas & Redfish, The Way of the Wind and The River White: A Confluence of Brush & Quill. He also has an ebook, Contour Feathers, and Way of the Wind is available in ebook as well. A popular reader of his work at venues around the country, Ken also helps to edit the journal All Roads Will Lead You Home.
Tammy Hall is the Library Media Specialist and Reading Coach at Francis Elementary in Byng.
Donna Hoehman is a librarian at Ada Washington Library for 3rd and 4th grade students. She loves to introduce books to students and watch as the books go flying off the shelf from the students' excitement to check them out. She also enjoys getting new books in and watching those books fly off the shelf as well. Some of the genres that she likes to read are mystery books, adventure books, realistic fiction books. But she will try just about anything. Her favorite is when the book has some kind of a mystery in the story. Her favorite author right now is Margaret Peterson Haddix. The most recent books she's read are the Horizon series. There are still three books to be published to finish the series, but she is hooked!
Gavin is the son of ECU student Amanda Kloski. He is an eleventh grader at Ada High school and always enjoys a good story whether it is through a book, movie, or show. He is not sure what he wants to do after high school yet, but he is looking into many different options and plans to continue his education through college or a trade school. He loves music, anime, sci-fi, comics, video games and his cat Squid.
Dr. Carol Linder is ECU’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. She comes to Ada from New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Prior to her research and administrative experience at Highlands, Linder was an associate director at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, which focused on genomics research and resources to improve human health. She also has an extensive background in research with interests in cell and developmental biology, regulation of sperm development, mouse genetics and models for human diseases.
Learn more about ECU Athletics at ecutigers.com (opens a new tab). The athletes featured in the Ada Reads poster are:
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Kelsey Vandeveer has taught at Willard Elementary in Ada since 1986. Since 1992, she has taught reading, English, and for many years American history. She enjoys reading mysteries, historical fiction, and American history. She has two adult daughters and will have two granddaughters by November. She attended school at Ada High School and ECU.
Kay was a classroom teacher for 16 years and now serves as the Library Director for the Chandler-Watts Memorial Library in Stratford. The library serves the public and PreK-12th grade students at Stratford Public Schools. The library provides multiple events as well as ebooks and Interlibrary Loan. Learn more at cwlibrary.okpls.org or facebook.com/ChandlerWattsMemorialLibrary (opens a new tab).
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